Portugal Monument to Overseas Combatants

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When visiting show respect for the memorial. It is suggested that you do not eat or drink on the grounds and keep conversation to a minimum.

About this spot
The Monumento aos Combatentes do Ultramar was built in memory of the 9,000 soldiers that died in the Portuguese Overseas War. The war was fought in three different theaters from 1961 to 1974 in an effort to keep the colonies of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique.

Built in 1992, it is one of the newest monuments on Lisbon’s waterfront. The pool symbolizes the oceans that separated the soldiers from their home and the pillars represent unity. The monument is outside the Bom Sucesso Fort and just to the west of the Tower of Belém.

An honor guard watches over the eternal flame that signifies the lasting memory of the soldiers lost. The name of each soldier that perished is engraved onto 180 bronze plates that surround the memorial.

The war was not popular in Portugal and public sentiment turned against the government of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar and eventually resulted in the 1974 military coup of his successor, Marcelo Caetano.

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